The National Extension Relationship and Marriage Education Model: Core Teaching Concepts for Relationship and Marriage Enrichment Programming

With both the demand and the need for broader offerings of RME, a large number of programs have been developed, presenting somewhat of a dilemma for practitioners who are interested in providing effective programming that is research-informed. Based on an extensive review of the research, this model presents key patterns of thinking and behaviors associated with healthy, stable couple relationships that can be taught in an educational setting. NERMEM

This model serves as the core content of three curricula!

  • Healthy Relationship and Marriage Education Training (HRMET) Curriculum was developed in cooperaton with the Chidlren's Bureau with funding provided by United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (Grant: 90CT0151). HRMET provides child welfare, and other, professionals with information and tools to teach skills that reinforce essential characteristics of healthy relationships to adults and youth they serve.

  • ELEVATE: Taking Your Relationship to the Next Level (Coming Soon!) was developed in collaboration between Auburn University and the University of Georgia as part of the Alabam Healthy Marriage & Relationship Education Initiative (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services—Healthy Marriage Demonstration Grant #90FM0006). ELEVATE is a couple’s education curriculum that blends practical skills with an understanding of the physiology of human interaction (the heart-brain-behavior connection) to enhance individuals’ and couples’ healthy relationship knowledge and skills.
  • Strong Relationships, Strong Families: Integrating Healthy Relationship Education Skills into Social Services was developed in partnership with the National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families and the Office of Family Assistance with funding provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (Grant: 90FH0002).

Review the chapters featured in this new resource!

Each chapter of the NERMEM  includes a brief summary of the research literature showing the connection between the principle and healthy relationship development as well as recommendations when teaching these principles and skills. Click here to read more!

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Color, printed paperback copies of the NERMEM are available for sale from the University of Georgia (while supplies last!). Click here to order!

Questions about this resource?

Please contact Dr. Ted Futris, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at the University of Georgia.